Welcome to the MLB DFS Bargains column, where we’ll take a close look at the best “per dollar” acquisitions for tonight’s daily fantasy slate.
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We will focus on the six-game main slate starting at 8:15 ET.
Dakota Hudson (P – STL) has been twirling some gems lately, posting eight straight quality starts. The strikeout upside is lacking, but Hudson finds himself in a favorable draw against a San Diego offense that currently holds the second-highest punch-out rate in baseball. As mentioned in the MLB GPP Pivots article today, Hudson’s .393 wOBA split to left-handed bats should be less of a factor with the Padres’ best hitters stepping in from the right side of the plate. Add it all together, and you have a plausible value pitcher through all formats.
Yuli Gurriel (3B – HOU) is necessarily priced like a bargain on every DFS site. In fact, he has noticed somewhat of a salary increase after recording eight hits and three homers over his past five contests. He’s thriving in a full-time role with Carlos Correa on the injured list, and his hotstreak could continue while holding the platoon advantage over Seattle LHP Yusei Kikuchi and his .370 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
There are plenty of first basemen worthy of DFS attention on tonight’s six-game slate. However, Mark Canha (1B – OAK) makes the short list as one of the better “per dollar” options on the board. He carries a bargain salary along with confidence after posting multiple hits (including a homer) in two of his past three starts. Canha has been known as a capable platoon bat against left-handed pitching throughout his career, and this is a favorable draw against mediocre LAA southpaw Tyler Skaggs.
Chad Pinder (OF – OAK) is another strong value commodity from Oakland. Similar to Canha, Pinder is another platoon bat who feasts on non-elite lefties. The A’s are one of the best offenses against left-handed pitching, and these two hitters represent sneaky-good bargains alongside more obvious additions like Marcus Semien and Khris Davis. Pinder has been swinging a confident bat with four hits, one double, and one homer over his past two starts, and this is a nice spot for him to keep producing.
Ryan Braun (OF – MIL) still carries a mid-range price despite heating up with nine hits over his past five games. Tonight’s matchup doesn’t necessarily jump off the screen, but there’s certainly room for upside while facing Pittsburgh RHP Jordan Lyles in his first start since June 8 (hamstring). Lyles surrendered 13 hits and seven earned runs in two starts against the Brewers earlier this month, and Milwaukee could inflict even more damage in this spot. It doesn’t hurt that they are playing in hitter-friendly Miller Park. Don’t forget about Lorenzo Cain (OF – MIL) wherever the price is cooperative.
As mentioned earlier, first base runs deep tonight. Eric Thames (1B – MIL) follows the same rationale outlined with teammates Braun and Cain earlier. Don’t forget about Travis Shaw (3B – MIL) potentially getting in on the action – assuming he cracks the starting lineup … Sticking with the first base theme, Matt Beaty (1B – LAD) is cheap on FanDuel despite enjoying the dramatic park shift in Coors Field. Tyler White (1B – HOU) is dirt cheap while benefitting from the platoon advantage against Seattle LHP Kikuchi and his .370 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
The MLB GPP Pivots column carries even more potential bargains for tonight’s six-game slate starting at 8:15 ET. Along with Hudson (mentioned earlier), Albert Pujols (1B – LAA), Keston Hiura (2B – MIL), Colin Moran (3B – PIT), Nick Ahmed (SS – ARI), and Adam Jones (OF – ARI) are value commodities with featured write-ups.
If you are looking for a cheap filler in the outfield (or utility spot), double-check to see if Tim Locastro (OF – ARI) is in the D-backs’ lineup. Locastro has been reasonably productive with four hits and five RBIs over his past three starts, and this is an encouraging matchup against San Francisco LHP Drew Pomeranz and his .410 wOBA split to righties over the past two seasons.